Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers is 12km temperate glacier located on coast of South Island, New Zealand. These glaciers are unique and probably the most accessible glaciers in the world, as they terminate among temperate rain-forest just 250m above sea level. So special is this mountain environment, that it forms part of the South West-land World Heritage Area. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are one of the main tourist attractions of the New Zealand, with around 250,000 visitors a year.
Breathtaking Glacier CountryWhen and how to get there?Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park in the Southland Region of New Zealand’s South Island. The main access point is the Franz Josef Glacier Village, around two hours south of Greymouth, and 3 miles from the terminal face of the glacier. The glacier is accessible all year round. The peak season runs from November to March, when the milder temperatures are ideal for hiking and helicopter tours.Why you should visit?These inspiring and famed New Zealand glaciers attract visitors looking for a unique ice adventure from all over the world. Named after Sir William Fox, New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 1869 to 1872, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers descends from the Southern Alps down into temperate rain-forest just 300 meters above sea level. From blue ice caves to rippled ice currents, stepping onto these glaciers is like stepping into a completely different world. Fox and Franz Josef glaciers both provide an array of activities for all levels. From glacier valley walks to glacier hikes and scenic helicopter rides, seeing these natural wonders is easily done on your terms.
Glacier HikeHiking tracks in the glaciers’ surrounding mountains provide stunning views of the huge ice formation. Hiking is a mountaineer budget-friendly option for seeing glaciers. Moreover tours on top of a glacier can be achieved by helicopter flight to get on top of the ice. Guides can even take you into the ice. New cracks in the ice are being discovered all the time for people to delve into. Kayaking is also another fun activity at lakes around the glaciers.After you have done all of the above, relax in the rain-forest hot pools just at the Franz Josef township.
Heli Tour of GlaciersHotels and Restaurants around Fox and Franz Josef GlaciersThere are many spectacular and top quality hotels around. If you are planning to stay in nearby and want a royal and grandeur experience, Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel and Franz Josef Oasis are the top recommendations.If you are looking for quality food around, there are many restaurants nearby offering scrumptious foods including top rated The Last Kitchen, The Canopy Restaurant and The Landing.